|THE BEAUTIFUL FLAG|
|NATURE'S VIVID COLOUR|
|MY NEIGHBOUR'S FEATHER GRASS|
I enjoy looking at natural things…it makes me feel balanced. I see art in almost everything I look at. Small compositions that catch the eye. Everything has a balance to it…think about that next time you look at something…anything. Right now I’m looking at my neighbour’s Feather Grass. It’s tall and it’s very delicate looking. The wind is blowing it but for as much as it blows one way when the wind stops the Feather Grass moves back into the opposite direction…like the pendulum on a metronome…until it stops and the next gust of wind comes along and causes it to sway again. There’s balance in the movement. The tops of the grass are a soft camel colour while the stems are green except at the bottom where they are the same colour as the ‘feathers’…again, balance.
Well, the rain I was so sure was coming turned out to be short-lived and it looks like it’s going to be a calm and lovely evening.
SUNDAY: The last few days have been spectacular weather-wise so I’ve spent much of my time outside…kayaking, swimming and I actually got in a game of golf. But today it is cool and overcast…more like the late August days we’ve ‘normally’ had over the past several years. Part of the reason there’s been a drastic change in the weather from yesterday is because Hurricane Irene has been tormenting the Eastern Coastline of the U.S. and Canada and has blown some of it’s furious wind inland. I do feel badly for all those people that have had to batten down hatches and then watch much of their belongings cast away in the storm…some of the videos on the news have been shocking. It makes one realize how small we are in the scheme of things when it comes to the natural elements…we are so small and powerless at times.
|CANADIAN LYNX carved in CHINESE PINK SOAPSTONE|
|WHY PREEN SO BEAUTIFUL PHOENIX...YOU ARE|
ALREADY BEAUTIFUL carved in Chinese Soapstone
|RED FOX and CHIPMUNK|
As I look around the house at some of the art I’ve done over the past years, in search of inspiration for silver work I’ve come upon some of my favourite subjects. Many years ago while I was at the cottage and the Kawartha Lakes area was in the grip of a rainy session I was unable to work on my stone carving outdoors so rather than waste the days I turned to the age old art of papier maché. Using coat hangers as armatures and strips of newspaper saturated in flour and water I worked over a period of two days on a group of characters that have great appeal to me…the beautiful Red-tailed Hawk, the wily Red Fox and the smart and whimsical Chipmunk. I sculpted them with personalities and ended up with a vignette that’s kind of fun. The hawk hangs from the ceiling close to the fox and the chipmunk and while one might say that these three creatures could be unfriendly toward each other in nature I have made them appear as friends. It was a fun thing to do and with the use of some acrylic paint I was able to make these life-sized figures look quite convincing!
MONDAY: I’ve read over this post and decided it’s time to actually ‘post’ it. At some point within the next day or two I will start another session of ‘run-on’ entries but for now I have things to do that don’t involve my computer or the chair in which I sit…there’s the mundane (laundry, housework, gardening) and the fun (a golf lesson…fun, maybe?!) yet to fill my day.
Hope you’re having a good day no matter what you are doing, where you are doing it or who you are doing it with. Smile through the day and don’t forget to share your smile…if you do you’re guaranteed to have a REALLY GREAT DAY!